Softball Hitter of the Week – Cayla Jones, Northwestern State – Fr. – 2B – Missouri City, Texas Softball Pitcher of the Week – Megan Landry, Nicholls – Jr. – Pierre Part, La. Honorable Mention: Kelly Meeuwsen, Lamar; Kasey Frederick, Nicholls; Mahaila Gibson, Southeastern Louisiana. Week 3 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Cayla Jones is the Southland Softball Conference Hitter of the Week while Nicholls’ Megan Landry earns the pitcher honor, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Jones batted .625 and tallied 10 hits to lead Northwestern State to a perfect week. The freshman second baseman combined for five hits and six RBIs against Memphis and Stephen F. Austin. The Missouri City, Texas, native had the only two RBIs in a 4-2 win over the Tigers. The product of Elkins High School also launched a two-run homer to break a tie in a 4-1 win against the Ladyjacks on Thursday before providing the final RBI of a four-run inning in a 6-5 comeback win over SFA on Friday. She finished the week with a .938 slugging percentage and a .708 on base percentage. The Colonels (3-2, 0-0 SLC) opened their 2018 campaign this past weekend at the Black and Gold Tournament in Montgomery, Ala, claiming wins over Appalachian State, Holy Cross and Akron. Nicholls plays a doubleheader today at Alcorn State with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The Colonels will then compete at the EMU Madeira Beach Tournament in Madera Beach, Fl., this weekend. Honorable Mention: Mikayla Brown, Northwestern State; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian; Rachel Hayes, Southeastern Louisiana. After beginning the season 0-3, the Lady Demons (8-3, 0-0 SLC) turned things around in week two and claimed victories in all eight of their matches, including two wins over conference foe Stephen F. Austin and a defeat against Memphis. Northwestern State rides its eight-game winning streak into Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, taking on UT Arlington at 5 p.m. CT before heading out to a weekend series at Texas Tech. In three appearances for the Colonels this past week, Landry posted a 2-0 record with a 0.46 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts across 15.1 innings. The junior from Pierre Part, La., struck out 10 batters in six innings for the win against Appalachian State in her season debut. She then shutout Akron and fanned five batters to give her a second win in as many starts. She came on in relief on Sunday against Middle Tennessee and struck out six while allowing just one hit to the Blue Raiders. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
–Competing against large rivals, other than small ones, choke, why: “It happened until the year we were champions. We lost with Almeria and Osasuna. It is very difficult to find an explanation after eight years. ”–What worries you: “I have precision in the face of goal. That always ends up reflecting the team’s moments. If we had converted the number of occasions we have generated … If we do not convert, we must achieve absolute defensive security that we have not had and that is sure defeat. We had eleven safe goal situations. It will arrive. I do not understand another way to continue generating situations. We have to strengthen the defensive part that, although they don’t like it, is what ends up being what works for us. ”–He thinks that there are people who ask for his resignation after the last defeats, the people of Atlético much less: “I don’t think so much. I think that tomorrow we have an important match against Leganés in what moves us from here onwards, we don’t manage anything behind ”.–You have to change something in the management of the group or way of playing: “We are always looking for a way to enhance what we have and from that we move to show improvement and we show them from the game. Two years ago we did not generate so many goal situations. Two years ago we didn’t have the associative game either. But we were more blunt. This team needs another form of play and in that way we are, in that I already tell you that they don’t like it, that it is the transition ”.–Opinions Thomas, Saul, after Leon: “The opinions of my soccer players talk to them in the locker room. I listen with you. If I have something to say, I tell them. ” Simeone, Atlético coach, analyzed in a press conference the situation of his team after the disaster butler before the Cultural Leonesa and the visit of the Leganés of Javier Aguirre. Yesterday Miguel Ángel Gil issued a statement to transfer his public support to the coach at the most delicate moment since coming to office.–Hashtag #cholotequeremos: “I had not seen it. They told me. Everything that is spontaneous and natural is very healthy. It is appreciated and strengthens the security and enthusiasm that I always have every day with the club. ”–Defeat after Leon, get up: “It is clear that we come from two difficult defeats. All the criticism that may appear is fair and I am convinced in what I said after the game, I absolutely believe in my players, we put together an important team with players who will respond to the goals we set from the beginning. I do not move from game to game and understand and accept criticism especially when they are fair. Tomorrow we have a complicated game against an opponent who is doing things very well since the arrival of the master and that will be tough, like all of the Spanish LaLiga ”.–Simeone mood, do you sleep after these defeats ?: “The team always occupies me continuously. Not in the moments that we have to lose or win, the team occupies me constantly, many times it is hard for me to sleep for an alignment, because I do not know whether to put one or the other, my life is occupied by Atlético, the people around me know it . We continue along the same lines, we continue with the game by game ”.–Can you give this template more ?: “We can always give more everyone, we as coaches, as soccer players. We have Lemar coming back, Costa is not there yet, we try to approach the Camel, Saponjic who debuted, João who can give us Angel (Correa) attack situations. It’s goal situations we have always been on the same level. We have to be more blunt. That appears when there is confidence, more tranquility. ”
NEW YORK (AP): All due respect to Kyrie Irving’s 3-pointer, the Play of the NBA Finals was offered by King James. LeBron James’ chasedown block of Andre Iguodala with 1:51 remaining in Game 7 of the NBA Finals a shot that would have given Golden State the lead wasn’t just the defining moment of 2016, but perhaps the defining moment of James’ Hall of Fame career as well. He didn’t do it alone, as J.R. Smith helped impede Iguodala’s path and give James the extra split-second that he needed to get to the rim. But the enormity of the moment made the block even bigger: Golden State had a record-setting 73-win regular season, the series was tied 3-3, the total points in that series were tied at that moment 699-699. After that block, the Warriors wouldn’t score again. And James would soon become a three-time NBA champion.
LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Iain Ramsay: Second-half strike Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netBACOLOD CITY—Linked to a move overseas at the end of the season, Iain Ramsay is surely making a lasting impression in his first year playing for Ceres Negros.With an Asian Football Confederation Cup spot and a finals berth in the Philippines Football League on the line, Ramsay delivered a stunning second-half strike that helped Ceres complete a 3-1 aggregate win over a gritty Kaya Makati side before a huge Saturday night crowd at Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT POC, GK gym rises in Leyte Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu made it an all-Visayas finals as it stunned Meralco Manila, after holding the Sparks to a 1-1 draw in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate victory.Like Ceres, Global will also be playing in the AFC Cup for the second straight year after Rufo Sanchez fired the winner five minutes from time. Curt Dizon handed the Sparks an early advantage due to away goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseSanchez’s late goal marked another stellar comeback for Global, which also struck twice late in the first leg, thanks to Wesley Dos Santos and Pika Minegishi.The finals will be played on Dec. 16 with the league reportedly eyeing Panaad as venue. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ramsay picked up a botched clearance from 30 yards out before unleashing an inch-perfect chip past Ref Cuaresma, who went off his line in a futile effort to clear a long ball from the Busmen.The goal made it 2-1, an advantage which the Busmen held until the final whistle as the Ceres faithful celebrated a third appearance in the AFC Cup and the chance to make history as the first PFL champions.“I’m just happy to get on the score sheet,” said Ramsay. “I’m very proud of my team. We have reached the league final and have qualified for the AFC again. It’s always a pleasure to play in front of our home fans.”Holding a precious 1-0 advantage after the first leg at University of Makati, the Busmen settled into the game early with Bienvenido Marañon heading home from close range in the 31st minute.But Kaya refused to wilt with Woody Ugarte pulling a goal back two minutes before halftime. Jordan Mintah almost made it 2-1 for Kaya at the hour mark but he sent a header wide with Roland Muller already off his line.ADVERTISEMENT
Fuel price hike– signal fare increase from June 14Linden’s hire car drivers, referred to as “hundred dollar” short drop car drivers, struck on Monday over the recent hike in fuel prices and Government’s non-intervention.The Wisroc-Amelia’s Ward car parkThey have also signalled intent to increase fares in the Linden community. While some are awaiting 72 hours before facilitating the increases of an additional $40 and $100 to the existing $100 and $200 fares, others have already started implementing them.The drivers, who ply the Mackenzie to Wismar route, ceased operations for several hours on Monday morning, proposing through their association that the fare be moved from $100 to $140 for short drops and $200 to $300 for off-road jobs.Persons in the community have since noted that the effects will be significantly felt, since the cars are one of the main sources of public transportation in the community.“We, the drivers of the Wisroc/Amelia’s Ward short drop cars, are hereby notifying the general public that (there) (sic) will be an increase of cars fares from $100 to $140 for short drops and $300 off road. School children in uniform will pay $100. Out of uniform $140. This is effective from Thursday 14th June 2018,” the circular passed around to drivers with respect to the increases stated.Speaking with this publication, some drivers vented their frustration over the situation, noting that the gasoline prices have skyrocketed. “We know that when gasoline rises it affects everybody directly or indirectly. Gasoline would have risen so high that you have to pay extra money for the parts on your vehicle, the wear and tear and everything; therefore it affects us. I personally feel if they could drop the gasoline back or, we know they wouldn’t want to drop it back; so we’re calling for an increase in our fares. For quite some time, we’ve been operating at a hundred dollars even though prices have been going up. But in the month of May, the prices made a high jump from like $219 to like $235 a litre,” one of the car operators indicated.He added that he believes it is only fair that the fares increase to cushion the effects on drivers and vehicle owners. In support of the increase for off-road jobs, the driver pointed to the deplorable condition of the road in the community. “We got some terrible roads to deal with man…When you go to Wisroc (on) these roads, you have to go through trails, because the potholes are so numerous. Even the taxis are raising (costs) because the rising price of gas does not only affect the hundred-dollar cars, it affects the minibuses and the special hire taxis also,” he said. When asked if car operators will await the go ahead from Government before implementing the increases, the driver noted that the drivers are private operators and are therefore responsible for setting their own tariffs.Meanwhile, some drivers are not in support of the increases.Car operators plying the Linden- Georgetown route have so far not opted to increase their fares. “This what they doing ain’t making sense. You can’t punish the people by increasing fares, because nothing ain’t really going on in this place. Some people could barely afford it,” a Linden- Georgetown operator told this publication.However, another operator shared contrasting sentiments. “Right now I studying to park me car and go in the bush and work, because this here ain’t mekin sense. You got to full up your car with $9000 in the morning, and by time you make a trip you gotta full up again. It real hard!” he stated.Increase unfairHowever, passengers have touted that the increase in transportation fares are unfair.“For me personally, I think it’s unfair in Linden, because the distance they does drop these people is already short. Sometimes you going from the park to a short distance, is a hundred dollars. If you going til over the river is the same hundred dollars.Now they increasing by $40, come on. Everywhere else increasing by $20. Why they want $40 and $100? Is not like people get a raise of pay or anything,” one commuter noted. Another said she fears that the increased prices will remain even if gasoline price dropped.“When gas prices go up it does go up, and when it go down there is no guarantee that they will drop back the prices,” she said.No adjustmentsLinden Mayor Waneka Arindell on Monday informed the general public that the decision to increase “is not yet legitimate” and advised that “no adjustments be made to the current prices.” She added that her office has been in contact with the relevant authorities and was advised that current discussions are underway as it relates to the cost of fuel.“…Until we receive an official response from the relevant authorities, no increase in transportation costs should be made. Drivers are urged not to increase and commuters are urged not to pay any increases and to report cases where the demand for such increases are made,” she outlined. (Utamu Belle)
Mayor Narine’s vehicle and another that was damaged in the accidentThe vehicle owned by Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine was on Tuesday afternoon involved in an accident along the Rupert Craig Highway, East Coast Demerara, which left three other vehicles badly damaged.Guyana Times understands that the Mayor’s driver was alone in the vehicle at the time and was making his way to Georgetown when he lost control of the vehicle bearing registration plates PPP 8909 and crashed into three parked cars in the vicinity of Movie Towne.Commander of C Division (East Coast Demerara), Calvin Brutus confirmed the incident but was unable to give particulars of what occurred. However, an inspector attached to the Sparendaam Police Station revealed that the 42-year old driver was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.He further disclosed that a male driver, who was sitting in his car at the time, was injured as a result of the impact and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he remains a patient in a stable condition.Meanwhile, the Mayor’s driver has sought medical attention since he too complained of feeling unwell, although he did not receive major injuries.Mayor Narine departed Guyana for Trinidad on Tuesday morning to attend a Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM) for Climate Change and Energy in the Caribbean.Just under a month ago, seven parked cars were badly damaged as a result of a speeding car which lost control on the vicinity of Liliendaal on the East Coast of Demerara.
President David Granger joined hundreds of Hindus in the sacred observation of Maha Shivaratri, where he underscored the significance of Hinduism in upholding moral values and promoting education.Hindus all across Guyana on Friday celebrated Maha Shivaratri – a yearly, ritual worship to Lord Shiva.Hundreds of devotees flocked the Cove and John Ashram and their local Mandirs as they participated in the solemn and sacred veneration of Lord Shiva.President David Granger joined the Cove and John Ashram in their celebrationsStudents of the Hindu College during the Maha Shivaraatri ceremonywhere he honoured the arrival of Indians to British Guiana and for implanting Hinduism in its multicultural society.He noted that the celebrations of Maha Shivaratri are just one of the many ceremonies in the Hindu calendar which honours and remembers critical rights and traditions of the faith.The Head of State also spoke about the importance of educational teachings through Hinduism, noting that Lord Shiva is the source of enlightenment and the primary impart of wisdom.“Maha Shivaratri’s significance is to be found in the idea of overcoming the darkness of injustice and ignorance. Although it is a solemn festival, it is associated with both moral and educational enlightenment… Hinduism holds steadfastly to the virtue of enlightenment, it promotes knowledge where these is ignorance, it promotes justice where there is injustice and it promotes equality where there is inequality. It promotes education because it is through education that you overcome ignorance, injustice and inequality,” he expressed during his remarks. He pointed out that Guyana places the highest emphasis on education, noting that education encompasses not just book learning but the imparting of moral values.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, in his address, spoke about the importance of merging education with moral values particularly at a time when a significant portion of the younger generation is going astray.Both leaders encouraged the ashram to continue its work in providing spiritual enlightenment and education to people as they extend Maha Shivaratri greetings to all Guyanese.Maha Shivaratri, which means the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’ is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha on the 13th day or the 14th night of Phalguna or Maagha month (that is February or March as per the English calendar). Devotees worship and offer sacrifices to Shivalingam as part of their prayers to the God.
An Alliance For Change (AFC) executive member is being accused of sexually assaulting a Corentyne, Berbice teenager.Reports are the teen in a statement to the Police said that the official on three occasions assaulted her. She also said in her statement that on other occasions she was inappropriately touched by the man.This newspaper was told by a source close to the investigation that the official is a co-host of a television programme in Berbice.The teen, in her statement, also alleged that the official promised to assist her in setting a business where she can trade mercury. When contracted, B Division (Berbice) Commander Ian Amsterdam said he was yet to be briefed on the report.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales offered a measured apology for his mistakes in the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys, but said in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he had “nothing to hide” and that none of the prosecutors were removed to influence the outcome of a case. In his testimony, which was released on Sunday by the Justice Department, Gonzales provided an account of his own actions, which was largely consistent with his past assertions that his role was limited and his recollection fragmentary. Gonzales’ said he did not select any of the prosecutors slated for dismissal last year and largely delegated the effort to his former chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson. “I have nothing to hide and I am committed to assuring the Congress and the American public that nothing improper occurred here,” he said in the testimony. Gonzales acknowledged that his past public statements about the firings had been confusing and that once he had unintentionally misspoken at a March 13 press conference in which he asserted that he “was not involved in any discussions about what was going on.” And, Gonzales said, “Of course I knew about the process because of, at a minimum, these discussions with Mr. Sampson.” Gonzales said that he was even aware that two Justice Department lawyers had been identified as possible replacement candidates for U.S. attorneys to be fired, including Rachel L. Brand, chief of the Office of Legal Policy, and Deborah Rhodes, now a U.S. attorney in Alabama. After the testimony was released, two Democratic senators, Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the Judiciary Committee chairman, and Charles E. Schumer of New York dismissed Gonzales’ written testimony as inadequate. The top Republican on the panel, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said Gonzales needed to disclose more facts when he appears before the committee. Vice President Dick Cheney continued to express the White House’s support for Gonzales, but he made it clear that it was up to the attorney general to save his job. “He’s a good man,” Cheney said, in an interview recorded on Saturday and broadcast on Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “I have every confidence in him; the president has every confidence in him.” But Cheney added, “This took place inside the Justice Department. The one who needs to answer to that and lay out on the record the specifics of what transpired is the attorney general, and he’ll do so.” Gonzales is certain to be asked about his own recollection of events. He has said he does not recall a Nov. 27, 2006 meeting in which the dismissals were discussed. Michael A. Battle, the former director of the department’s U.S. Attorney liaison office, has told congressional staff that Gonzales was at the meeting when a memo was circulated that provided a detailed outline of the plan to dismiss the prosecutors. But Gonzales insisted in his written statement that not one of the U.S. attorneys was improperly fired. “I know that I did not and would not ask for a resignation of any individual in order to interfere with or influence a particular prosecution for partisan political gain,” he said. Gonzales’ prepared statement did not address several significant issues cited by Democrats who have charged that the firings were politically motivated. Two of the fired prosecutors, David C. Iglesias of New Mexico and John McKay, were fired after Republican officials complained to the Justice Department. In Iglesias’ case, Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., complained to the White House about the prosecutor’s lack of progress on a politically sensitive case involving Democrats. The release of Gonzales’ testimony was part of the intense political gamesmanship and calculation by the Bush administration and Senate Democrats in advance of the hearing. Gonzales also previewed some of his testimony in an op-ed article in The Washington Post. Schumer, who has taken a lead role in criticizing Gonzales, had already tried to set the table for the hearings by detailing beforehand his questions and asserting that Gonzales had a high hurdle to clear. When the Justice Department released on Sunday the advance text of Gonzales’ testimony, Schumer quickly pronounced it inadequate. He said the testimony, “does not advance his cause at all,” and that his answers on Tuesday “will be make or break for him.” Leahy said the Gonzales testimony was “another in a series of contradictory statements about the mass firing of U.S. attorneys.” Even the ranking Republican on the committee, Specter, said that Gonzales would have to be more forthcoming Tuesday. “The op-ed piece was pablum,” Specter said on Sunday. “I’m looking for facts.” He added, “In his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Gonzales is going to have to be much more specific in answering questions about exactly what role he played, and explain, as best he knows, his understanding of the rationale behind the dismissal of individual prosecutors.” Administration officials have said the testimony was the product of high-level deliberations about how Gonzales should present himself and his actions to counter his critics and justify retaining his post. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Radamel Falcao’s arrival at Old Trafford was the culmination of a whirlwind transfer sealed on deadline day, but a year previously United fans were contemplating a shock signing of a very different kind.Maraoune Fellaini was the club’s late acquisition on deadline day at the end of the 2013 summer window, arriving from Everton for £27.5m.The Belgian is a favourite of former Toffees boss David Moyes and was brought to United by the Scot, but both endured torrid debut seasons at the Theatre of Dreams.Moyes departed by spring 2014, while Fellaini remains a squad member with the Red Devils.Falcao will hope to have a rather more impressive impact! Fellaini at Man United to stay? 1